Hello all you fellow comrades in ink, you swarthy (I’ve always wanted to use that word) pirates of letters, you makers of mayhem sewn into denouement! I interrupt (mooooo!) this NaNoWriMo broadcast to post a question. How do you keep a secret?!
A new and delicious plot twist came to me and I really want to tell the world! Let me back up. This is my third attempt at NaNoWriMo. I prepared like a prize fighter for this one. The story I’m writing has been in there (the metaphoric barrel of monkeys known as my brain) for nearly a year. I’ve scratched ideas on it here and there (three different notebooks have little scribbles I’ve had to decipher and wonder what I was thinking). I plotted. I actually outlined this thing (as far as my non-organized, chaotic and frenetic little brainwaves would let me). Too many parentheses? Okay.
Here’s my point. It gets BORING, and one easily loses motivation when writing a story that has spent so much time reprogramming the brain into thinking it’s usual, humdrum, run-of-the-mill, and bland. Perhaps this is just a story’s “death by familiarity syndrome” (not on Google yet), but every writer knows – it is real. So when this plot twist smacked me in the face out of the blue, I was smitten. I nearly bought it a ring.
Having just come out of the ho-hum doldrums and found new energy in writing this novel, I know what King explains, in his On Writing: a Memoir of the Craft, is true. “Don’t tell.” If I tell, it will start to lose its luster. So I walk around like I swallowed the canary. Well, I did.
Any tricks or advice on this impulse control temptation?
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